Schizophrenia

Colleen D. Gjefle

Smyrna, United States

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“Schizophrenia” was the first painting I did expressing the feelings I had when the repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse began to haunt me, trying to force it’s way into consciousness and affecting my sense of who I was. This often left me with a feeling of disconnection with almost everything, including myself. I integrated the feeling of “cobwebs in the brain” through the pen-and-ink work in this painting. While yellow is normally a cheerful color, in this instance it signifies a jaundiced perspective and a brightness that feels overwhelming. Blue, as a normally peaceful and calming color, is found in the tenuous strands in the center of the painting, somehow vague and fleeting, as was my greatly desired peace-of-mind. During difficult times, our perspective is often distorted, as is demonstrated in the blurred portrait with a hazy phantom eye beneath the more solid eye that represents my real self, never totally lost though sometimes temporarily forgotten.

If interested, you can see the entire abuse series at http://www.gjefle-art.com/abuse/abuse-index.htm

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Core – Jan. 2009

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